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Make a holiday apartment in Ribeira your home away from home

Ribeira holiday homes are on a scenic peninsula in a region of Spain famed for its moderate climate, untouched nature and world-class seafood. There's a fine choice of beaches close to Ribeira apartments - some are sheltered bays facing the mainland, while others are spectacular Atlantic bays with huge expanses of sand and lively surf. On land you'll be able to reach rugged hills, covered with deciduous forest, dissected by fast-flowing rivers. Holiday homes in Ribeira tend to be compact, perfect for couples and families - most are within touching distance of a beach and are equipped with all the essentials.

Things to do

-Local culture. Ribeira is a place that will hold an interest for anybody who wants to see a thriving Atlantic port. Whether it's mussel-farming, shipping or fishing, the city owes its livelihood to the ocean. Needless to say, the fish market is a fantastic way to understand this community - it's one of the busiest in Spain and remains active into the afternoon. For remarkable views of Ribeira and the peninsula, it's well worth climbing Castro, a hill just outside the town.

-Beaches. One of the things that makes Galicia such an exciting destination is its coastline, which is longer, and has more beaches, than any other region in Spain. What's more, mass tourism is uncommon here, so the beaches have a wild, unspoiled character. There are 13 beaches in the Ribeira area alone. One of the best is Playa das Furnas, facing the Atlantic, just up from Corrubedo.

-Nature. On the other side of the cape from Ribeira is the Dunes of Corrubedo Natural Park. As well as boasting an impressive system of golden dunes, the park supports rich wildlife, with seven out of ten of Galicia's amphibian and reptile species found here. The rest of the Barbanza peninsula is made up of hills covered in rich, green forest, containing stone-age dolmen and natural sights like waterfalls.

-Santiago de Compostela. The capital of Galicia, the historic centre of this city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's a magnificent and friendly university town known for many centuries as the final destination of the Europe-wide Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. Two sights that need to be seen here are the monumental Cathedral, from the 11th Century, and the collegiate church of Santa Maria de Sar.

-Food and drink. At a location that is synonymous with fishing, it makes sense that fish and seafood should be a staple. Freshness is the key, so most dishes are simple to preserve the unique flavours of the produce, be it hake, mussels, cuttlefish, clams, prawns or octopus. Grilled sardines are a speciality specific to Ribeira - it's a fragrance that you'll notice at different locations around the town.

Weather in Ribeira

Holidaying at an apartment in Ribeira you'll be in a humid-oceanic climate zone. Weather tends to be mild and damp all year round, apart from in summer, which is moderately warm and a little drier too. Here frosts and snow are very uncommon in winter, while the soaring summer highs experienced in other parts of Spain are unheard of in Galicia. On a normal day in July temperatures can reach the mid-20s, while in January daily highs are around 15 degrees. Winter is by far the wettest season, with half the annual rainfall occurring between December and March.

Travel to Ribeira

If you want to reach your self-catering holiday accommodation in Ribeira by air, you can use the airport at Santiago de Compostela (SCQ). From the UK there's a good variety of routes serving this destination, generally with budget carriers. There are also plenty of domestic flights between Santiago and Barcelona, Madrid, Palma and Bilbao. Once you arrive, you can take the AG-11 road down the Barbanza peninsula to Ribeira. If you're travelling by bus, then private companies like Arriva have a range of services across the region.

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                                                                                                      A slice of heaven on earth

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      The house is lovely. Large airy rooms decorated in the Spanish style with a modern twist. Everything you could think of is provided - even those things you suddenly remember that you forgot to pack - like earbuds and cotton wool pads. All the rooms were spotless and all the bedding was of good quality cotton and matched each room. We went out each night for dinner but the large kitchen had everything you could want. The large pool was used every afternoon as we had gloriously hot weather and it comes complete with pool toys which is fab and saves on packing. The house is on a main road...well as main as they get! but we heard very little traffic noise. The locals are incredibly friendly even though we didn't speak much Spanish. Be warned go with a good lingo book as very few of the locals speak English and a bit of effort on your part earns you broad chuckles and usually some yummy nibbles to have with your drinks. Use the information that Erica & Phil have left as it's very good. We can certainly recommend Bar Furnas and Arnela Restaurant which we visited based on their recommendations and can certainly recommend this villa to anyone wanting to visit this beautiful part of Galicia.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                      Large, modern house.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      This is a large, modern house suitable for a family or group of people, and because of its design, will allow for everyone to have their own space if required. The ground floor has three nice bedrooms (one with en suite), a huge kitchen/dinning room that has stunning views over the bay to the Ille de Arousa. The upper floor, also with three bedrooms, bathroom, sitting room and kitchen is reached via an outside stairway. This floor too has great vistas across the area. The whole property is very new and all the extensive equipment includes everything that is needed for a very comfortable stay. The garden has a small pool, a gazebo with sufficient seating for all around a large table. Most of the garden maintenance is automatic Everything regarding the property is well looked after and Maria, the property manager, together with David the owner ensure that everything you need is available. The house is in a very quiet residential area of San Vicente, with the nearest town of O Grove just 5 minutes drive away. The area has over 100 restaurants, and countless beaches and walks all around. Its a perfect place for a family holiday and both the house and the area has plenty for all ages. We would certainly like to return one day.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jun 07, 2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: May 2016